Richard Kaster and Frederick Wietling's 2-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Excaper finished a game second as a 33-to-1 longshot behind Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish invader Wrote in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, and appears set to resume his promising career in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sun. Dec. 18.
“He's (Excaper) been training right along at Payson Park and we're seriously looking at the race (Dania Beach),” said trainer Ian Black. “He'll work on Monday and if that goes well he'll likely run.”
A roan/gray son of Exchange Rate, Excaper made each of his three career starts prior to the Breeders' Cup at Woodbine where Black is based for most of the year. After winning his debut sprinting on Polytrack in early August, he finished a close-up second on turf in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G3) in mid-September and fourth back on Polytrack in the $200,000 Gray Stakes (G3) in early October..
In the Breeders' Cup, Excaper stalked the early pace racing second under regular jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, held a half-length lead in mid-stretch, and gave way to finish second, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Wrote with Finale, winner of the Summer Stakes, seventh in the full field of 14.
Black and Wilson teamed up last winter as Ellie Boje Farm's 7-year-old Rahy's Attorney captured the 50th running of the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (3) over the Gulfstream course with Musketier second and Prince Will I Am third.
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